Fall really hit New England this week and I absolutely love it. We went apple picking at The Big Apple Farm in Wrentham, MA. It was the first apple picking of the season for us and the first time at this farm. It was literally AMAZING. The apple orchards are set up on the top of the acres of land owned by the farm. The view is absolutely gorgeous. They have a barn that sells fresh produce, apple cider donuts and a cute little bridge where you can see how they clean and pack there apples for the stands. They also offered wagon rides to the orchards. It was a fantastic day that I was able to spend with my mother, sister and niece.
About two months ago, I signed up for the newsletter at work. Every month, the radiation oncology department sends out a newsletter with a lot of up and coming protocols and case studies that pertain to what we do. Sometimes they throw in some fun ideas of things to do around the city and what not. I kind of threw out the idea (with the help of my team) of having a food and drink pairing idea. They seemed to have liked it so it stuck so far. For this month instead of a pairing, they suggested a fall table scape would be a good idea so I went for it. I figured since we were planning to go apple picking this would be the perfect opportunity to get some inspiration.
I think a lot of people who are on Pinterest have definitely seen the token apple candle. It is super easy to make using a melon scooper, votive candles (which you can buy from the Dollar Tree) and apples. I would say the photos are fairly self explanatory. There is really no way to screw this one up!
Using an extra votive candle, I took the candle out and used the metal holder in order to press an outline in the apple so I knew exactly how wide to cut. Using the scooper, I scooped around the outline and deep enough for the candle to fit in it. Press your candle in it, and there you have it.
I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of using fruits in flower arrangements and using it in other non edible things that have to do with decor. At the same time, I absolutely hate wasting food and I knew the apples that I used in my arrangement and for the candles would not be edible afterwards. So I kind of went full weirdo at the apple orchards and looked for apples that were on the ground. They all either had bruises or imperfections. It made me feel a bit better about taking these apples since I wasn’t taking any directly from the tree.
For the centerpieces, I used three wooden bucket vases. To make the arrangements I used floral foam in the buckets. The specific flowers I used in the arrangement were white hydrangeas, alstroemeria, spider mums, red button dahlias, apples, Queen Anne’s Lace and greens.
It became a nice way to freshen our table in the fall without doing the typical fall look. We loved it!